LORAN STATION CAPE ATHOLL
076 18 56.62 N 69 21 21.03 W
|Site Survey:||Summer 1952
|Construction Date||Started: 1953 Completed: 1954
|Disestablished:||30 JUN 1975
|Operated by:||USCG - 1954 - 01 JUL 1972
Danish - 01 JUL 1972 - 30 JUN 1975* See Miscellaneous.
|Station Letter designation:|
|Station code name:||DOPE I
|Station Unit Number/OPFAC:||1954 - APO 23
|Radio Call Sign:
|On-air testing date:||1954
|Operational date:||8 NOV 1954
|Operations Ceased:||302400 JUN 1975 Local
|Station Operation:||Single MASTER (SM)
|Station pair:||1L7, 1L0, 2S6 – CAPE CHRISTIAN
|Loran Rate:||1L7, 1L0, 2S6
|On-Air:||1L7 – 8 NOV 1954
1L0 – NOV 1956
2S6 - 1957
|Off-Air||1L7 – NOV 1956
1L0 – 1957
2S6 – 302400 JUN 1975 Local
1954 - AN/FPN-30 Timers, T-325B Transmitters, AM-701 Amplifiers
JUL 1956 - Radio Beaco Tower constructed by USAF
1957- Radio Beacon - AN/URA-11 Timer; TB-142 Transmitter; TB-143A Ampilifier; CU-330 coupler; 180 ft Tower
MAY 1972 - Two Rubidium Frequency Standards installed allowing 2usec operations during daylight months
1972 - Radio Beacon equipment upgarded with T-801A/FRN
|Personnel Allowance:||1 Officer, 18 Enlisted
1952 - Established to support Operation Blue Jay
Station located on a small bay known as Quaratit, four miles south of Cape Atholl and approximately eighteen miles south of Thule Air Force Base.
07 NOV 1955 - The USAF flight mission was to deliver mail to station. During return trip back to Thule the helicopter crash. No flight plan was submitted.
*01 JUL 1972 - Station Operations turned over to the Danish with the exception of CO, LORAN electronics and radio
|Commanding Officers /
Officers in Charge
|Construction OIC: Hal Hovorka - 1954
1st CO: LT Leland C. Batdorf 1954 - 1955
2nd CO: LT William K. Vogeler 1955 - 1956
3rd CO: LTJG Robert "Bob" Cluett 1956 - 1957
4th CO: LTJG Anthony Nevins 1957 – 1958
5th CO: LTJG Charles B. Glass 1958 - 1959
6th CO: LTJG Donald M. Taub 1959 - JUL 1960
7th CO: LTJG David J. Meskell JUL 1960 - JUL 1961
8th CO: LTJG T. R. Klein JUL 1961 - JUL 1962
9th CO: LTJG Kenneth C. Cutler JUL 1962 - JUL 1963
10th CO: LTJG William Wilson JUL 1963 - AUG 1964
11th CO: LTJG Nils Linfors AUG 1964 – JUL 1965
12th CO: LTJG Brad Traver JUL 1965 - AUG 1966
CO: LTJG David Zawadski AUG 1967 - MAY 1968
CO: LTJG David M. Labuda MAY 1968 – MAY 1969
CO: LTJG Harry F. Schmecht MAY 1969 – MAY 1970
CO: LTJG Theodore C. Scheeser MAY 1970 - JUN 1971
CO: LTJG John F. McGowan JUN 1971 - 1972
CO: LTJG Pablo M. Rodriguez 1972 - 1973
Last CO: LTJG Thomas H. Gilmore 1974 - 30 JUN 1975
Fred's Place Reunion Hall Old - New
The Arctic Service Medal
Any member of the U. S. Coast Guard who serves or has served at least 21 consecutive days
under competent orders
Coast Guard Restricted Duty Ribbon
Coast Guard Unit Commendation
01 SEP - 30 SEP 1970
15 JUN - 30 NOV 1973
02 NOV 1961 - General Information Book - pdf (a revision to the 1957 GIB)
24 SEP 1972 - General Information Book; revision of - pdf photos
231655Z JUL 73 - State Department Withdrawal of Helos at Thule - pdf
131525Z MAR 74 - State Department Station Closure - pdf
"During my tour we had what was billed as the first USO show since the station was commissioned. The show was "The Arkansas Lassies" who put on a wonderful song and
cleared, Thule called to say they would be able to come soon to get
them. The lassie's supervisor replied "Don't rush, we're having a
--- CDR Bill Wilson; CO July '63 to Aug'64
Bob Cluett's, A year at the top of the world
1959 - 1960 Scenes at the station - contributed by Don Taub (1959/1960 - CO)
Attached are several items related to my year at USCG LORAN Station, Cape Atholl, Thule District, NW Greenland in 1959-60,....and 1994.
(2) Photo of CG station at Quarautit valley in Springtime.
(3) Photo in 1994 of the remains of the station after the site was "returned to nature" in 1976; leaving only the station's "survival building" & a shed for the use of the Eskimos hunters & travelers.
USCGC Northland had also transplanted a small seed herd of musk oxen there & at 3 other locations north of Cape Atholl in 1986. [ Another CG icebreaker; thought to be CGC Westwind, had landed a small seed herd of caribou in the mid-late 1960's in Olrik Fjord, north of the airbase.]
(4) Miscellaneous photos.
Pitugfik (Petowik) Glacier just south of the CG station.
Polar Bear Hunt, late winter / early spring 1960 with Thomas Suersaq, Ere Danielsen & Jess Kujaukitsoq. [ CG station personnel did not do any hunting. I was armed with a camera.]
Getting water from under the sea ice: Heated water tank mounted on caterpillar trailer with its tractor (after it broke through the ice),...and 2nd bulldozer to pull them out,...thence up the hill to the station's machinery room equipped with diesel powered saltwater distillers....(1 of 2 separated machinery rooms; both with 2 of 4 diesel electric generators.).
Social hospitality with Eskimos: boy playing pool & dancing with the ladies (who loved to dance !) They were our welcome guests. As below; contact between the Eskimos & the US military in the Thule Air Base "Defense Zone" was prohibited.
Two of Bob Cluett's friends at CG Station:
Greenlander school teacher, Ingmar Egede, with our female dog Pearl & me. .Ingmar was Bob's dogsledding companion & host to Kanak. .... And also my host later at Kanak.
Dr. Ingrid Givskud, MD, from Kanak..the only Danish medical doctor in the Thule District....(& with what may be Ingmar Egede). They were also thankful for the assistance provided to local Eskimos by the CG station's hospital corpsman.
Dr. Givskud & Mr. Egede were the influential administrators at Kanak who assisted me in obtaining the USCG station's recognized exemption from the USAF-Danish-NATO agreement's "No Contact" rules (no contact between the US military personnel at Thule AF Base & the Thule District's Eskimos; and agreed upon by the new Danish military Liaison Officer at Thule AF Base; CDR Erik Groseth, following the helicopter death of the earlier DLO, CDR Alexander Edvars (who had lectured me about our violations)...with his Thanks & "Please Continue" to be the Eskimos' Good Neighbor.....as it likely had been, perhaps from the CG station's origin..
photo from google earth
Suspected location of Loran Station Cape Atholl - Joe
The below photos retrieved from Coast Guard Historian Office
c./1955 unloading gear from USCGC WESTWIND
c./ 27 JAN 1956
Thanks to the Historian staff
(Scott, Helen, Beth, Nora)